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Vocation Service

Level 3.7 - DIOCESAN VOCATION SERVICE

TARGET

By December 2020, in the Diocesan Vocation Service, the Vocation Coordinator and Promoters have assisted the parents and youths to discover the demands of faith and allow the teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. This has empowered and encouraged them to grow in the Christian religious spirit as the faithful disciples of Jesus and respond positively to the call of God for religious and priestly vocations and for holy family life. This has been achieved through the programs offered for vocation promotion in dialogue and collaboration with the families, youth groups, parish teams, religious congregations, and the schools.

Rationale (Reasons)


SITUATION

Most of the young people don’t know how to respond freely to the call of God, because there is not enough vocation awareness at every level in the Diocese, schools and parishes. They are also affected by the bigger world. Parents are concerned about their land, anxious about their future, the need to get work with big salary they would benefit from. Most parents do not understand well the meaning of being a priest, a brother and a sister and consequently they don’t encourage and help their children to think about religious and priestly vocations. The Diocesan Vocation Service through its programs and visits to the schools and parishes has done vocation promotion and also through the Diocesan Vocation Service newsletter “INSPIRATION”. This has created awareness and invited young people to respond to God’s call to priestly and religious life and also holy family life.

IDEAL

The diocese has all the vocations it needs for it mission to be Church proclaiming, sanctifying and serving, and to send missionaries to other places in the world. Our young people have the courage to freely respond to God’s calling in a special way to be a priest, a brother or a sister. Parents understand the importance of vocations that the Church needs, such as priests, brothers and sisters in order to continue to bring the Good News to all the people. More people become aware of the importance of vocation and participate in vocation promotion at all levels.

CONVERSION

  • From young people not knowing how to respond to God’s call to knowing and more freely responding to God’s call with open mind and heart.
  • From parents not understanding well the meaning of being a priest, a religious brother or sister to greater understanding of the meaning of these vocations.
  • From inadequate vocation coordination and promotion in the parishes and schools to effective coordination and promotion in parishes and schools.
SPECIFIC CRITERIA:

  • Be creative.
  • Give more time for promoting vocations.
  • Be involved in youth activities.
  • Work together with parish teams and schools on vocation promotion actions.
  • Out-reach to young people through parishes and schools actions.
  • Promote vocation through the use of media.
  • Work together with the Religious Congregations, Diocesan Youth Service, Diocesan Christian Religious Education Service and Diocesan Family Life Service to promote vocation activities.
PROCESS OF ACTION:

2017

OBJECTIVE: The parents, young people and the seminarians grow in faith by learning Jesus’ ways of "FRIENDSHIP".

  • By mid of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a retreat for seminarians with the theme FRIENDSHIP.
  • By the end of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service completes planning and programming for the year.
  • In the month of February, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a Vocation Promotion Training for all the Vocation Promoters in the Diocese.
  • Conduct a Vocation Seminar in all the parishes.
  • In February and July, the Diocesan Vocation Service publishes "INSPIRATION", the vocation newsletter.
  • Vocation Promotion is done in all the parishes with programs and materials sent by the Diocesan Vocation Service before the Vocation Sunday’s Liturgy and Celebration (4th Sunday of Easter).
  • Conduct vocation promotion in targeted High Schools, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.
  • By August, the Diocesan Vocation Director/Diocesan Formator accompanies seminary candidates in making their decisions and organizes their enrolment test for their admission to the seminary.
  • The Diocesan Vocation Service Team has their meeting three times a year.
  • Evaluate 2017 activities and prepare plan for 201810. Evaluate 2017 activities and prepare plan for 2018.
2018

OBJECTIVE: The parents, young people and seminarians live their faith with "TRUSTFUL" by relating to God in Jesus’ way.

  • By mid of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a retreat for seminarians on the theme on TRUST.
  • By the end of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service completes planning and programming for the year.
  • In the months of February and March, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a Vocation Promotion Training for the village vocation promoters in all the parishes.
  • Conduct Vocation Seminar in all the parishes.
  • In February and October, the Diocesan Vocation Service publishes "INSPIRATION", the vocation newsletter.
  • Vocation Promotion is done in all the villages of the parishes during a month with programs and materials sent by the Diocesan Vocation Service before the Vocation Sunday’s Liturgy and Celebration.
  • Conduct vocation promotion in targeted High Schools, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.
  • By August, the Diocesan Vocation Director/Diocesan Formator accompanies seminary candidates in making their decisions and organizes their enrolment test for their admission to the seminary.
  • The Diocesan Vocation Service Team has its meeting three times a year.
  • Evaluate 2018 activities and prepare plan for 2019.
2019

OBJECTIVE: The parents, young people and seminarians live their faith by listening to God’s call to "CARING" for others and nature in a new way.

  • By mid of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a retreat for seminarians on the theme of CARE.
  • By the end of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service completes planning and programming for the year.
  • During the Lenten season, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a Retreat for all the Vocation Promoters in the Regions.
  • In February and October, the Diocesan Vocation Service publishes "INSPIRATION", the vocation newsletter.
  • The Parish Vocation Convention takes place in all the parishes during the week ending with the Vocation Sunday’s Liturgy and Celebration.
  • Conduct vocation promotion in targeted High Schools, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.
  • By August, the Diocesan Vocation Director/Diocesan Formator accompanies seminary candidates in making their decisions and organizes their enrolment test for their admission to the seminary.
  • The Diocesan Vocation Service Team has its meeting three times a year.
  • Evaluate 2019 activities and prepare plan for 2020.
2020

OBJECTIVE: The parents, young people and the seminarians discover the demands of faith and vocation as they commit to listen attentively to God’s call as they "WITNESS" to their faith.

  • By mid of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service conducts a retreat for seminarians on the theme of WITNESSING TO OUR FAITH.
  • By the end of January, the Diocesan Vocation Service completes planning and programming for the year.
  • In the months of February and March, the Diocesan Vocation Service prepares the Parish Vocation Team for the Diocesan Vocation Congress.
  • In February, May, August and November, the Diocesan Vocation Service publishes "INSPIRATION", the vocation newsletter.
  • Vocation Promotion is done in all the parishes with programs and materials sent by the Diocesan Vocation Service before the Vocation Sunday’s Liturgy and Celebration.
  • The Diocesan Vocation Congress is held at the Diocesan Level during the week ending with the Vocation Sunday.
  • Conduct vocation promotion in targeted High Schools, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.
  • By August, the Diocesan Vocation Director/Diocesan Formator accompanies seminary candidates in making their decisions and organizes their enrolment test for their admission to the seminary.
  • The Diocesan Vocation Service Team has its meeting three times a year.
  • Prepare the planning for the Diocesan Vocation Service for the Diocesan Planning for Phase Three (2020 – 2024).
  • Do the annual evaluation and the planning and programming for the following year.